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E-Tombs, For The Dead Who Were Digitally Connected
ChicoER Gate ^ | 11/22/10 | Chuck Wolk

Posted on 11/22/2010 6:48:29 AM PST by OneVike

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There are those who think that for too long the dead have been stuck in the past, and that it is time we allowed them to enter the future. So a team of designers has developed a Blue-tooth-enabled grave stone that will allow friends and relatives to really get in touch with the life that was uncle Joe, aunt Sue, brother Mike or even Ma and Pa Kettle. Those silent moments at grave sites are going to be a lot more enjoyable, as we will now be able to relive the moments that were truly memorable. Thanks to the folks at Yanko Design and Rosetta Stone, there is now the technology to connect the emerging importance of social networking with the traditional form of cemeteries and memorials. Yes this is really the way the future is now heading.  The dead will be connected to the living, or at least to all the information the dead left behind.

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We've come a long way from the days when humans had to rely on surviving relatives to either chisel the deeds into the stone walls of the caves we lived in for so many years, or pass on the memory of our accomplishments by word of mouth. Heck, if it weren't for those campfire chats at night after our burial, no one would even know we ever existed, let alone remember the things we did. Yup, things sure are going to be different now. No more counting on uncle Ben's memory about that hunting trip when you killed that black bear with with the help of your monster dog, Rover. No sir! Now after we are long dead, we will continue to live in cyberspace by having our relatives interact through key web pages like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. There will be digital photos of that black bear that really got away, and the truth about how big that dog really was.


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You see, it will be the information on these sites that will now be stored onto a hard drive implanted into the tomb above your grave. With today's technology, while your loved ones are standing over your resting place, they will be able to use their cell phone or i-Pod to download anything about you they wish to have. Just imagine, as more and more of our lives are spent in the digital realm, it only seems fitting that our memorials follow suit. Fact is, mourners will still be discussing the truth about the lives we led long after we would have been forgotten. You know how they say that once you enter something into the internet, it's there forever? Well, now your relatives will be able to make sure that information they find out about you on the web will be added and updated to the digital library of your E-Tomb, even those embarrassing moments you thought were long forgotten.

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Oh, and there will be no problem with those short-lived batteries that could possibly cause memory loss, because the E-Tomb will be solar powered. That could be a bit of a problem for our relatives buried in the land of the daytime darkness. But at least they will have 6 Months to feed, or download from, the hard drive during the summer.

Now that computer manufacturers have created flash drives that hold more and more information, there is no limit to the amount of dirt that can be added to your E-Tomb library. After all, the online activities you are part of today will persist long after you have passed away. So now all those blogs, passwords, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter accounts that you had while you were part of the living, can be continued into perpetuity.

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Another great thing about E-Tomb is its unique ability to combine a well-recognized, physical symbol with the newly conceived digital minutiae that is rapidly consuming our modern lives. Oh I am sure many will question whether this will be a good thing for society in general, but does it really matter? I mean once you are dead, your life's digital file will be public property. So anyone will be able to access your internet files, and I am sure that Google will make sure of it. Imagine, after you are dead, those who miss you or hate you the most will both be able to turn the life you lived into whatever they so desire, whether it be good or bad. Isn't technology grand?



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2wierd4words; afterlife; death; memorials; tombstones
I posted the article in its entirety, so there is no need to go elsewhere to read about it unless you desire to check out the official sites for the tomb stone businesses.

I think you will find from my article that I really am not a big fan of this, but we do live in the digital world and we are part of it. Now even in our internment we will be part of it.

1 posted on 11/22/2010 6:48:32 AM PST by OneVike
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This is an article about the next generation of tomb stones, the E-Tombs. It is quite interesting when you consider that we live in a digital world, and what goes digitally on line will last forever in cyberspace.

I would also like to inform everyone on my ping list that from now on, unless I have a video for you to watch, I am going to post my articles in whole here at FR for you to read. It will be in direct violation of my agreement with the Enterprise Record. However, they are already in violation of the agreement we have because of the inability of people to leave comments to my site, and for other reasons I will not get into. As for the numerous complaints I have received over the last few Months that many of you have not been able to leave comments, it will be resolved by my not requiring you to even go to my site any longer, unless as I stated, there is a video that you need to go off FR to see. I will post my full articles here from now on, if this ends up in them canceling me. Well so be it, it is what it is.

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2 posted on 11/22/2010 6:53:33 AM PST by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home.......)
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To: OneVike

And so, you can still update you FB page from the grave and creep out your friends and family? ;)


3 posted on 11/22/2010 6:59:27 AM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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It stores EVERY web page you ever visited. Even by mistake.


4 posted on 11/22/2010 7:04:22 AM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: brytlea

That would freak them out...LOL


5 posted on 11/22/2010 7:08:25 AM PST by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home.......)
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To: brytlea

And in this blog from a grave in Spain: “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead”


6 posted on 11/22/2010 7:09:23 AM PST by kosciusko51
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To: OneVike

It would be kind of fun...hehehe


7 posted on 11/22/2010 7:09:45 AM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: OneVike

Would it have enough memory to store all of my FR posts?


8 posted on 11/22/2010 7:11:45 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 671 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: listenhillary
It stores EVERY web page you ever visited. Even by mistake.

Try telling that to you children after your dead.
9 posted on 11/22/2010 7:14:07 AM PST by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home.......)
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To: listenhillary
It stores EVERY web page you ever visited.Good. With all the FR pages they'll pull up, maybe they'll learn something.

No, I wouldn't want to be disturbed. Someone tries to friend me when I'm gone, they'll be directed to my haunting list.

10 posted on 11/22/2010 7:17:44 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: OneVike

Token Ring was still popular only 20 years ago. I haven’t seen it used in over a decade. MFM hard drives were the standard until about 25 years ago, and it’s been hard to find a computer that can interface with one for over 15 years. VLB was THE interface for high-speed graphics cards, haven’t seen a computer with a VLB bus in over 15 years.

How long do they expect these things to remain usable? Bluetooth? How long is that going to be around?


11 posted on 11/22/2010 7:24:20 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: OneVike

Great, we will all be getting spammed and there will be nothing we can do about it.


12 posted on 11/22/2010 7:26:47 AM PST by Freepmanchew ( <:)))>< Proverbs 30:7-9)
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To: OneVike

I actually think that this is a neat idea. I wouldn’t mind having one of those when I pop.


13 posted on 11/22/2010 7:31:59 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Scratch a “progressive” and a fascist bleeds)
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To: antiRepublicrat

People have posed the same question about digital pictures. No more images from the past found on glass negatives.


14 posted on 11/22/2010 7:37:39 AM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: OneVike
Now even in our internment we will be part of it.

Monica Lewinski will be so happy to find out.

Or perhaps you meant interment, i.e. burial.

15 posted on 11/22/2010 7:39:14 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: OneVike
Here lies Linux MacDos,

Deleted by Wife 1.0 while pinging Mistress 2.0.

"I laughed, I cried, IP'ed."

16 posted on 11/22/2010 7:40:16 AM PST by Jonah Hex ("Please call me Senator Leech, General. I worked so hard for that title.")
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To: OneVike

17 posted on 11/22/2010 7:44:17 AM PST by FreedomOfExpression
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To: OneVike

“now your relatives will be able to make sure that information they find out about you on the web will be added and updated to the digital library of your E-Tomb, even those embarrassing moments you thought were long forgotten.”

Oh great.


18 posted on 11/22/2010 7:47:52 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Jonah Hex

That’s funny.


19 posted on 11/22/2010 7:48:20 AM PST by Freepmanchew ( <:)))>< Proverbs 30:7-9)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Or perhaps you meant interment, i.e. burial.

Yes that is what I meant. Thank you.

Now I must head to work. Hopefully I will be able to follow the witty conversation there.
20 posted on 11/22/2010 7:50:24 AM PST by Freepmanchew ( <:)))>< Proverbs 30:7-9)
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To: OneVike

[With today’s technology, ]

Uhuh. Today’s technology. How well does “today’s” iPod/iPhone/iWhatever work with the box of “yesterday’s” 5.25” floppy disks I’ve got in my garage?

Interesting scam, though - for the stupefied sheeple who worship their toys.


21 posted on 11/22/2010 7:53:16 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: OneVike

Thanks for the ping!


22 posted on 11/22/2010 7:57:54 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: LomanBill; OneVike

>>for the stupefied sheeple who worship their toys...

...and themselves.


23 posted on 11/22/2010 8:02:24 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: listenhillary
No more images from the past found on glass negatives.


24 posted on 11/22/2010 11:11:06 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going.)
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To: OneVike
The haunting question is.......
Does the E-Tomb automatically vote democrat every election?
25 posted on 11/22/2010 11:11:38 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: OneVike

Bump.


26 posted on 11/22/2010 11:55:09 AM PST by TheOldLady (The only way to run our country is conservatively.)
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To: Elsie

Where is the plug in? Is there an app for that? ;)


27 posted on 11/22/2010 11:56:39 AM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: listenhillary

I’d give my right arm to see those pictographs!

Oh... wait...

That’s already been done.

(127 hours)


28 posted on 11/22/2010 5:19:35 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going.)
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To: OneVike

29 posted on 11/22/2010 8:49:08 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: OneVike


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

30 posted on 11/22/2010 9:07:20 PM PST by The Comedian (I enjoy progressives, especially in a light cream sauce.)
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